This past weekend was all about The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon and 5k! As a Women Run the D blog ambassador I was given a complimentary race entry in exchange for blogging about the event and for volunteering at the Expotique. It was quite an honor to be chosen!
Saturday was the Renewal by Andersen Women Run the D Expotique at the Detroit Marriott. I was stationed at the bib look up table with the other two Women Run the D blog ambassadors, Heather from Finding Her Happy Pace and Amy from A Girl Fighting Fibro. We spent our time assisting our fellow Goddesses with looking up their bib numbers and directing them to the Expotique. This was my first time volunteering at an expo, I have volunteered at a water station at a race before so it was fun to experience another part of the runner experience from a different angle.
While I was at the Expotique I also picked up my packet!
Inside this great Athleta bag were some goodies like a Clif Bar (it got devoured while I worked at the Expotique), Tom’s of Maine toothpaste and more. I also got my race bib and t-shirt.
I have to tell you that this race shirt is one of my favorites! It is so soft and comfy. I actually ended up putting it on during the Expotique so I looked more official.
Sunday was the actual day of the race and since I had already picked up my packet, I didn’t have a lot to worry about in the morning. The race took place on Belle Isle which is a short drive from my house. There was a bit of a wait to get onto the bridge to go to Belle Isle but that was expected and the wait wasn’t really that long. Once I parked my car I had about an hour wait before the race was expected to start. I used that time to go to the bathroom (the had a ton of port-a-potties) and I even read for a bit in my car.
I headed over to the start line about 15 minutes before the half marathon runners were scheduled to start (I ended up switching to the 5k). They started about 15 minutes later than scheduled, although I am not sure why that was. Once the half marathoners took off, us 5kers were able to line up to get our race on but there was a bit of confusion about where our start line was (I thought it was the same as the half marathoners and so did some others) and then once we were all lined up at our start line it turned out that we were lined up on the wrong side of it. Once everybody switched to the correct side we were sent out onto the course.
This was my first time running on Belle Isle and I would say it is similar to running on Grosse Ile for Rock CF. It is a flat, fast and scenic. As you may expect, there were a lot of women running the race but there were also a few men. It is so empowering getting to run with all of the women that were out there!
If memory serves me correctly, there was one water station for the 5k (I carry my own water when I run so I don’t always pay attention to the water stations) but the best “station” of all was The Sanders Chocolate Mile station at the 2.5 mile mark where they passed out Sanders chocolates!
I ate it almost immediately after I crossed the finish line. It was so good!
After crossing the finish line I also got this amazing medal!
It is definitely the prettiest and sparkliest medal in my medal collection.
Here are my official results!
Not too shabby! My goal for this race was to finish in under 30 minutes so, mission accomplished.
I had a really great time at The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon and 5k and I would definitely recommend that you add it to your race calendar for next year.
How was your weekend?
Did you do any running or racing?